Saturday, September 10, 2005

The Great Library of Atlantis

The Holocene, a relatively brief) so far) epoch in which we live, extends back some 10- 11,000 years. Retreating glaciers permitted the gradual spread and nurturing of ciilization. Note the global intrusions of frozen glaciers some 18 -20,000 year ago. Life in much of the globe would have been climatically prohibitive.

Over the last few million years, ice ages refer to periods with ice sheets over much of North American and European continents. The term interglacial refers to the relatively brief, warm periods, like the Holocene, between longer ice ages. The period before the present Holocene is known as the Pleistocene. During the Pleistocene extensive glaciation has ocurred in 40,000 and 100,000 year cycles as shown in the chart belo.

Mythical Atlantis is dated by Plato to around 12,000 years ago. Atlantis ended then, in the early Holocene. Atlantis was legendary for its advanced science, even by today's accomplishments. If such scientific and technological knowledge was ever handed down, where did it go? Atlantis certainly must have had a library to store its knowledge and educate future genertions. Was that lost?

Science is always fascinating, like this (water moved by light) , but guess which section might be even more interesting. Did you guess World history? Correct.


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